Second half of a faculty reading with Steven Taylor, Dodie Bellamy, Kass Fleisher and Junior Burke including "Strip mall bohemia," "The mountain whippoorwill," "Geneology," "Holy thursday," "The curator's husband: A voice mail," "Boxing Day," and others. (Continued from 02P095)
Michael McClure, Poetry Workshop, July 1978. McClure concludes his series of classes with exercises that use the word deck to create stories. In addition to asking the students to read and discuss each other's word deck stories, McClure discusses Byron's "Don Juan," Burroughs' cut-up method, Mallarme's poem "Throw of the dice," and warns that the word deck exercise is too simple to generate poetry by itself. This is class 5 of 5.
byKyger, Joanne; Schelling, Andrew; Warshall, Peter; Wilson, Peter Lamborn
Second half of a panel on Dharma and eco-poetics, chaired by Andrew Schelling at Naropa's Summer Writing program, with Joanne Kyger, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and Peter Warshall. Schelling asks the panel to look at strategies for writers interested in environmental issues. Wilson and Warshall talk about the politics of environmentalism. Kyger points out that ecology begins at home with a "Zen awareness" of the household. The panel ends with a question and answer session. (Continued on...
Second half of a faculty reading at the 2004 Naropa Summer Writing Program, with Heather Ackerberg, Brenda Coultas, Joanne Kyger, and Bobbie Louise Hawkins. This is the conclusion of the event including just the end of Hawkins's final piece, which was cut off on the previous recording. (Continued from 04P008)
byHamill, Sam; Kyger, Joanne; Rodney, Janet; Schelling, Andrew; Warshall, Peter
A panel on dharma and eco-poetics with Janet Rodney, Sam Hamill, Joanne Kyger, and Peter Warshall, chaired by Andrew Schelling. The panel discusses the information age; busy-ness and doing nothing; the ecology of paper production; nature, and conscientious objection to overpopulation and capitalism; English language nature writing; and the disconnection from nature in English language poetry. A question and answer period concludes the panel.
Second half of a class with Philip Whalen discussing 17th and 18th century English literature and worldview, focusing on the works of James Boswell, Ben Jonson, Jonathan Swift, and Alexander Pope. (Continued from 84p044.) Keywords: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, 17th and 18th century literature
This is the final segment of a Margaret Randall workshop. In this continuation from 90P063, 90P064, 90P065, and 90P066 Daisy Zamora is discussing the recent election in Nicaragua that elected Violeta Chamorro. She discusses the campaigning, the 17.5 million dollars given to the Chamorro campaign by the US and the promises, vote buying, economic embargo and deflated spirit of the Nicaraguan people that all played apart in the election process. She details the different party promises and...
First half of a reading by Keith Abbot, Wang Ping, and Lorenzo Thomas. Abbott reads "Zabioni," "What you know with no name for it," "Doing it to death," and others. Ping reads "Flash of selfish consciousness" and "8000 miles of clouds and rains." Thomas reads "Morning raga," "The sadness of space exploration," "The midnight sun," "An education" and "Hollandaise salsa." (Continues on 97P036)
A class, "The Optical Illusion of Reality," taught by Anselm Hollo at the Naropa Institute July 29, 1980. Hollo spends the majority of the class speaking about language use in contemporary culture, touching upon such topics as: humor, translation, politics, regionalism and craft. This is part 1 of 3.
byCollom, Jack; Kyger, Joanne; Schelling, Andrew; Waldman, Anne; Warshall, Peter
Wide ranging panel discussion on topics of ecology, dharma, enviornmental protection, the language and stories of those realms, and their implications for new writing. Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, spirituality and literature, activism
A reading by Kenward Elmslie at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), introduced by Anne Waldman and Justin Veach. Elmslie reads works including: "Easter Poem," "50 I Remembers," a mistranslation of Raymond Rousseau from "The Champ," "Joseph Cornell Box," and the song "Middle of Nowhere." He is accompanied by Steven Taylor. Also included in the reading is "Moments in Time" sung by Kass Morgan on a recording from the musical...
Bobbie Louise Hawkins lectures on Marguerite Duras: Imagining a Life, the first lecture in a four part series called Four Extraordinary Women. Hawkins talks about the life and writing of Duras, focusing on the book, The Lover. She also talks about autobiography as fiction and the writing process.
This is the first class in a series taught by Ed Dorn during the summer of 1977. In this class Dorn mainly introduces himself and his relation with writing. Ludwig Wittgenstein , Spanish language, and notebook use are all discussed. There is also a Q&A that continues onto the next tape 77P002. This is a classroom series 1. This is part 1 of 2.
Second half of the first meeting of a class on "Investigative poetics," including discussions on Gregory Corso, Ed Sanders, cut-ups, underground science,Timothy Leary, General Electric light bulbs, IBM, and imagery. (Continued from 77p035.)
First half of a Michael McClure and Clark Coolidge reading. McClure reads a selection of Beat poems. Coolidge begins reading a long poem, about an hour in length, entitled "American ones." (Continues on 77P107)
A reading by Anselm Hollo, from "Guests of space," and Harryette Mullen, from "Sleeping with the dictionary." Partial readings include Eleni Sikelianos and Renee Gladman, which are cut off during the recording process.
Second half of Class 3 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen first discusses a poem by Lew Welch, his methods, and the intricacies of lichen. Much of the remaining portion of the lecture is devoted to Hart Crane's "A Pastoral." Whalen also touches on the work of Alan Watts, T. S. Eliot, William Blake, Robert Graves, and Virginia Woolf. (Continued from 80p096.) Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
First half of a class with Philip Whalen discussing Alexander Pope's life, and the cultural context of his work. Whalen reads and discusses several works by Pope, including "The Heathen to His Departing Soul," "The Dying Christian to His Soul," "A Rondeau," "An Epistle to a Doctor ofDivinity...," and "The Dunciad." (Continues on 84p043.) Keywords: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, 17th and 18th century literatur.
An Anselm Hollo workshop on hermeticism. Hollo discusses many aspects of hermeticism, including exile, language, archetype, religion, and writers who have led a hermetic life. He also discusses alchemy, Arabian roots of math and science, and some Buddhist concepts.
A class in an Allen Ginsberg course on expansive poetics. The class opens with Ginsberg talking about the painter/poet Marsden Hartley. Ginsberg reads Hartley's I admire my native city, Spring, Drama number one, and Window cleaner to nude mannequin. The class does a choral reading of Vachel Lindsay's The Congo and talks about Lindsay's life. Ginsberg reads William Carlos Williams' To Elsie and a section of The Clouds. He ends the class by talking about Jaime de Angulo, and reads a portion of...
First half of an Allen Ginsberg lecture on English and American lyric poetry. Ginsberg reads William Blake's "Let the brothels of paris be opened," "The gray monk," "The Mask of anarchy," "The ballad of Sir Patrick Spense," "The Holy land of walsingham" and "Weep you no more, sad fountains," followed by Thomas Wyatt's "My lute awake," "Forget not yet," "They flee from me," "Gasgoyne's lullaby"... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
First half of an Anne Waldman workshop on writing. The class begins with a discussion about what led people to come to the Kerouac conference. Waldman talks about how she became involved with the Beats and came to Boulder, the founding of Naropa, and Kerouac's influence on the school. She reads and discusses part of an interview with William Carlos Williams, about writing poetry, and selections from Gertrude Stein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and other poets. Students read their work and Waldman...
Final portion of a Philip Whalen lecture. This portion of the lecture is just a series of questions and answers primarily dealing with vocabulary: its importance and ways to improve. Series 87P047 and 87P048
First half of Class 10 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen discusses Hart Crane's poem "The Bridge", continuing the discussion from the previous meeting of the class and focusing on the literary and historical context of the poem. He also looks at the work of Lew Welch. (Continues on 80p110.) Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
Joanne Kyger class disscussing and listening to the soundtrack of the film "Pull My Daisy" written by Jack Kerouac and produced by Robert Frank and Albert Leslie with characters played by Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and narrated by Jack Kerouac. Related tapes 91P183-91P195.
This is tape 1 of a LeRoy Moore lecture on the history and theory of nonviolence. Moore talks about a few examples of nonviolent figures in history including Ghandi and MLK Jr. He describes Ghandi's theory on the three reactions to violence, Johann Galtung's personal and structural violence with examples of violent social structures and how modern structure fits into this. Moore also notes feminist influences on the theory of non-violence and the connection between property owning and violent...
Joanne Kyger presents a class at Naropa Institute in which she and the students discuss the culture and language of the Vinacoteca, a Mayan group in Chiapas, with special focus on their beliefs about "power animals," or "animal spirit companions." Kyger then gives students an in-class writing assignment and students read their assignments. This is the third class in a servies. This is tape 1 of 2.
First half of Class 7 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen discusses Hart Crane's poem "For the Marriage of Faustus and Helen." (Continues on 80p104.) Keywords: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, American modernist poetry, symbolism
This is class III of Compassion for Place, a series taught by Joanne Kyger at the Naropa Institute in 1981. Kyger continues to discuss Coyote and read Coyote stories, but widens the discussion to its image as the trickster, and how Coyote can also be female. She reads from Snyder's The Old Ways, and talks about his Coyote Journal. A large part of the recording focuses on students in the class reading their nature-based assignments, created by visiting the same individual outdoor space alone...
A lecture by Michael Palmer exploring translation and its aesthetic implications. The title refers to writers who refuse to submit to an authoritarian poetic or political reality. Palmer discusses Arthur Rimbaud, Herman Melville, Stephane Mallarme, Friedrich Holderlin ,Octavio Paz and Paul Celan. The lecture concludes with a brief question and answer session.
byCollom, Jack; Mullen, Harryette; Thomas, Lorenzo
Second half of a Naropa Summer Writing Program reading, with Jack Collom, Harryette Mullen, and Lorenzo Thomas. Collom reads "Look at the pretty cows, Betty." Mullen reads poems from his book Sleeping with the Dictionary, and Thomas reads "The working days," "Art for nothing," and "Back in the day." (Continued from 00P085)
byAcker, Kathy; Codrescu, Andrei; Holman, Bob; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
First half of an evening of poetry, prose, and music with Naropa faculty members Steven Taylor, Andrei Codrescu, Anne Waldman, Kathy Acker, and Bob Holman. Taylor is joined by Stephan Ielpi, Elliot Greenspan, and members of the Diggers. Highlights include Taylor's "I have seen the promised land," Codrescu's "Circle jerk," and Holman's "Rare and beautiful things at half price." (Continues on 91P159)
The second half of a Jim Carroll class on poetry and music. Carroll disusses jazz, blues, popular music, poetry and his own band. The first third of the tape includes questions and discussion about Allen Ginsberg. (Continued from 86P003)
First half of a Jane Augustine class. Augustine lectures on feminist studies, focusing on Clarise Lispector. Other topics include the avant-garde and the ego, the penis, and the French feminists. (Continues on 90P076)
First half of a Robert Creeley lecture on the origins, history, politics, and techniques of language poetry. He looks at how language poetry evolved out of earlier styles as well as its influence on contemporary poets. Topics include the ideas of Charles Bernstein, the work of Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, Robert Duncan, Ezra Pound, and many others, as well as the possibilities for using words without referents. (Continued on 84P010)
Philip Whalen talking about Writers on writing. He opens by reading "the art of fiction" by Henry James and then "composition as explanation" by Gertrude Stein. He offers commentary during these readings intermittently. He then talks about time, relativity and his writing process. As he continues, he begins to mention specific writers and their writing and how they were influenced or how they influenced him. He speaks of Virginia Wolfe, Rilke, Faulkner, "The Sound and...
Anne Waldman, Rotating Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, June 1980. Waldman presents a second class on Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, discussing the post-apocalyptic quality of the play, Shakespeare's genius, the nihilism and "modernity" of the play, its status as a "problem play" and its relationships with other of Shakespeare's problem plays. A love scene from Romeo and Juliet is compared with a love scene from Troilus and Cressida, and a passage from Milton is read...
Tape 2 of a 2 Tape class conducted by Clark Coolidge and Bernadette Mayer on the topic of poetics and the process of writing. Many artists are referenced and discussed such as Antonin Artaud and Gertrude Stein.
Kyger has the class read the work they wrote in reponse to assignments on the coyote story and compassion for place. She also lectures on Maria Sabina and reads some of her work. This is class 7 of 12.
First half of a Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson and Lewis Warsh reading. Berkson reads "From a childhood," "Dangerous enemies," "Roots," "Levantine," "Camera ready like a dream," "Duchamp dream," "Space dream," "Mother's mother," "To Lynn," "Breath," "Marco Polo," "Christmas Eve," "Negative," "The living brain," "Wake-up call" and other poems....
This is a continuation of Gary Snyder's class, "Linguistics, Anthropologies," in which he answers student questions. Topics covered include circumpolar bear cults, totemic remnants in Japanese culture, humans' relationship with technology, and the ethics of marijuana cultivation.